ahylo 80s 103

Architectural study and Design of the exhibition
Installations and Furniture Design and Construction
General Construction Supervision

Design and Construction by ahylo architecture
Architect: Ioulietta Zindrou
Construction supervisor: Ioulietta Zindrou
Location: TECHNOPOLIS City of Athens | Greece
Gross Floor Area: 3.300 sqm
Year: 2017
Exhibition Curators: Panayis Panagiotopoulos, Vasilis Vamvakas
Production: TECHNOPOLIS municipality of Athens
Project Management: Medianeras
Art Direction: Skafandro
Photographs: Ioulietta Zindrou | Courtesy of ahylo studio


A two month long exhibition about the 80s in Greece as a pivot decade aiming to create historical, sociological and cultural flashbacks, offering visitors the opportunity of a unique revival experience. Political scene, lifestyle, arts and 80s technology are documented through a selection of key events, abundance of utilitarian objects, key projections, media and cinema. Important objective of the exhibition was the creation of an exhibition community, giving access to public and collectors, officials and non, but also entering into significant synergies with institutions, museums and archives. As a result over 2500 objects were collected through a participative procedure of lending, open to the public.

The design challenge lies right on the participatory character, which imposes the deployment of a strategy and the design of a system, which opens a situation of self organization. A wide range of events and objects are spatially organized on a generative way, mapping historical interrelations, hints and intimations in the gallery┬┤s space. Objects and historical events are linked based on parameters of relevance, importance, size, volume, proximity and monumentality, creating flexible spatial agglomerations in 2d timelines and 3d display cases. The display cases typology consists of sixteen variations and an extra toolset of 3 repetitive design objects, aiding the exhibits apposition. The dimensions of the display cases, the positioning patterns, the levels of proximity to the audience, emerge from the analyzing process of the characteristics of the exhibits and their interrelations, while the material (pine boards) constitutes a reference to the 80s Greek interior design fashion. How the audience feels and experiences the exhibition has been a key focus. Spaces and sub-spaces, walls, divisors and screens, experiential installations, open paths and guiding structural filters and markings, media interactive points, surprising unexpected corners and feedback points, have been designed and created to enrich the audience immersive experience, while maintaining a simplified sophistication, aligned to the identity of familiarity and proximity aimed for the exhibition.